MICHAEL McIntyre – Happy? Always. Glorious? Definitely. Lucy McLane reviews Michael McIntyre’s new tour…

It’s been three years since his last tour, but the skipping, now only slightly chubby, Chinese-looking man is back on the stage for more laughs, and much more memorable content. With his last two major tours being hugely successful, McIntyre had pressure to perform at the same standard, but he certainly has gained more respect with this third remarkable tour.

An aspect of McIntyre’s humour lies within his own camp, and middle-class façade, but he really appears to be down-to-earth, and will be the first person to take the piss out of himself. During his performance, McIntyre showed off his ‘Hulk sized’ calf muscles, that are a result of his comedic physicality of flat footed walking. As he goes to pull back down his trouser legs, he can’t as they are stuck and he rips his trousers. An amusing moment for the audience indeed, but McIntyre flawlessly carried on the show whilst adding in humour about the malfunction.

All of his shows have had a heavy prominence to tales about his wife and this is no different. But rather than hearing about her clothing size, shopping trips or even their intimate moments, this time McIntyre has delved deeper. He exploits his wife by sharing other moments in the bedroom… ‘the night farts’. He goes into great detail about her likeness to ‘firework explosions’ by of course doing some McIntyre impressions and sound effects, which by the roars of laughter from the crowd, could be an admittance of something they can relate to.

Of course, Michael is not everyone’s cup of tea, many critics have noted his content to be unlike his comedic peers; he does not follow political or vulgar humour but rather relatable content that the audience recognises in themselves. Austerity, politics and warzones are not his topics of choice but this is what makes him stand out. The news constantly engulfs the British public’s attention and this could be why McIntyre’s different style suits his audience. His sketches offer a form of escapism from the important and worrying things going on today. The ability to laugh at these so called ‘first world problems’ of there being no deals in Waitrose, being terrified of the holiday swimming pool temperature, or how people cannot be near each other in a revolving door for two seconds, may be a release from the monotonous news we hear about every day.

McIntyre’s show has content relatable to many. While his show is predominately about family life, his diverse audience can still relate through relationship jokes and certain social situations. A true laugh out loud section was about motorway service stations, and how picking a hygienic and fully-functional toilet at a service station is like the show, Deal or No Deal. This continues to show how McIntyre’s comedy is about every day life and makes the situations that we run into daily a reminder to not take life so seriously.

With his drama background, Michael boasts confidence and knows how to work his crowd. His fluent show rolled seamlessly together to provide long-lasting entertainment, that would leave his audience talking about it for a while.

Happy and Glorious reflects McIntyre’s happy nature whilst epitomising Britain and it’s people. With the show title being a line from the national anthem it is perfectly fitting to honour Michael as another brilliant tour proves him to be a national treasure and a true monarch of British comedy.

By Lucy McLane

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